ST. LOUIS – A Caucasian woman employed as a security guard alleges her race is a factor in her employer's decision not to allow her to work overtime.
Christie Moore filed a complaint on Nov. 16 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Missouri Department of Mental Health, St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center alleging that the government agency violated the Missouri Human Rights Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff began working for the defendant in 2012 as a security guard. The suit states starting in her second week on the job, she was sexually harassed by a co-worker and she reported the behavior Feb. 21, 2012. The suit states she was terminated March 29, 2012. The suit states she filed a charge of discrimination and the matter was resolved in July 2013 when she was reinstated to her position.
The plaintiff alleges she complained in May 2017 to human resources about discriminatory treatment because of race in regards to overtime and leave decisions. She alleges a black officer was allowed to work overtime but she was not.
The plaintiff alleges her race and complaints about working overtime and using the leave policy were contributing factors in the defendant's alleged failure to allow her overtime and leave.
The plaintiff seeks compensatory and punitive damages, with interest, costs, attorney's fees and all other relief that is appropriate. She is represented by Matthew J. Ghio of Ghio Law Firm LLC in St. Louis.
St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1822-CC11666